28 July 2016

Busy Busy Busy

Life has unfortunately got so busy again.  My good intentions of posting more regularly just flew out the window.  Anyone feel the same?

I took a photograph of my Craftroom, which I absolutely adore but I think it's really time for a makeover.  Something to ADD to my TO DO List, which seems to be getting longer by the minute. I think I'll tackle that project during the holidays at the end of the year.


As many will know, I just love my little garden and have started a Garden Journal to write down all the ideas that I have in my head, so that I don't forget them.  I also cut out pics from magazines or Pinterest that I'd like for my garden and patio areas and I write down notes next to them to remind me of my thoughts for that particular look I like.  I also paste tips for pruning, what plants to plant in the different seasons and by when, so that I'm clued up and able to showcase my garden all year through. I've just had a little wall built in the front and there will be a new flowerbed to create, so I'm searching for some ideas to get the perfect look.



I've also been catching up on some Journalling in my Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner and cased this layout from one of the accounts I follow on IG.  I really like this layout using some beautiful paper I have from LOTV and glittery wash tape, don't you?



That is all I have to share this week.  Thanks for popping by.  Do leave a comment before you go.



14 July 2016

Good Morning...

I'm typing this post on Tuesday evening and scheduling it to be posted this morning.  What a lovely evening I've just had.  The weather has been remarkably fine these past 3 days and it feels like Spring but we're in the throes of Winter in SA.  Everyone in the complex I live in has been hibernating. We leave early for work and get home after 18h00 when people are either having supper or getting ready to watch the telly, so we may see a few of those that are also still working, but for the retired folk, we don't see them... at all! lol

Anyway, the doorbell rings and my beautiful neighbour comes to tell me that the soil is too dry and that I need to give my poor plants a watering.  But before she tells me that, she says she's just popping around for a big HUG as she misses us.  What a lovely comment to make. It really made my day and then her hubby pops over and we all started chatting.  My other lovely neighbour hears us and so she also pops over for a hug and tells me she is missing me too.  You know.... God just knows when you need special words or a hug from a genuine friend and I needed them this evening, as there is a situation at the workplace that is unbearable, to say the least.

OK.... so let's see what I can share with you all today.  Remember I said that I have been Planning. For those who don't know what that is, just go to Pinterest and search for Planners or Planner Ideas and you'll get the picture. I'm also on Pinterest and have a board named Planners, Midori's and Traveller's Notebooks with over 600 pins.   Go have a look, it's such fun.  I'm a bit obsessed at the moment and am building up a selection of Planners already.  Am diligently using 2, and saving the others for next year... lol  

This is the Robin's Egg Carpe Diem Planner which is a newby.
Purchased from Papertrends, a local online store.

This is what it looks like before one starts writing in it.
I have a large handwriting, so the horizontal style suits me best.
You can also get Planners in a vertical style. 

I use mine mostly for Memory Keeping, which is basically
documenting your everyday life and it is such fun. I take pics of everything
whenever we go out, as there is always a story to tell. 

This is my lovely Pink Carpe Diem planner. It got so full I have had to remove
the first 6 months of this year and place the pages in another binder, so that I can
continue to write and embellish for the remainder of the year.
   
Papertrends also has a few of the Webster's Pages Planners.  
This is a personal sized one, which will fit better in your handbag, 
I just had to have one and am loving it.

This is Webster's Rose Gold Planner which you can't get in SA.
I just loved that colour the moment I laid my eyes on it.

This is the inside.


I would like to stress that those wishing to start Memory Keeping of their own,
there is no need to purchase expensive Planners such as these.  You can purchase
any binder from a CNA or PNA store and cut your own cardstock to make inserts and 
dividers for the inside.  I will share pics in another post so that you can see what I
am referring to.  It's late now and I need to get to bed *smile*

If any regular followers pop by to say hello,
here is a pic of our 2 fur babies.  Do you remember them?
Nikita on the left and Achilles on the right.
They still bring us a lot of joy! We love them so much.



Thanks for popping by to see what I had to share today. 



13 July 2016

More To Share...

We had a busy weekend this past weekend.
On Saturday we attended a friend's 40th Birthday which was a High Tea. 
Just had to share these pics as the table looked stunning and the decor looked fabulous.
Don't you just love that tea pot with the roses?

The cake was elegant and gorgeous.
Just what the birthday girl had hoped her Aunt would make.

Loved the beautiful dainty teacups and plates.
If you follow me on IG, I have a board named Passion for Teacups... love them!  
I have quite a selection of my own. 
The little box was a gift for all to take home with them and had 3 Lindt ball choccies inside. 
I am saving mine to eat on a special occasion! 

And of course I had to take a pic of those gorgeous heart-shaped sugar pops.
To die for, right?? lol 

I made this card for the birthday girl from her work colleagues, 
as we also had a special function for her there.  
This is the card I made using my new Apery Elle Stamps and co-ordinating Dies.


OK, so let me share what I've been making these past months.  
I was asked to make 30 mini Thank You cards and came up with this clean and simple, 
yet elegant design. 
It's easiest to select 3 designs and then to make 10 of each, but I guess you know that right?

For me, when making cards on order, presentation is everything.
I had lovely tissue paper at home and bought a box from Merrypak to lay the cards
inside. My customer loved them! Yay, makes me so happy when they are happy. 

This is what it looked like closed, inside the box.  My DD took them to work as it
was for a colleague of hers, so I thankfully did not have to post them. 

I was also commissioned to make some Birthday cards and the new stitched dies
I had ordered came at the right time. Here are a pics of the cards I made.
Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.





That's it from me for today.  I'll be back to share some more news with you later.


12 July 2016

More to share...

I note that there have been some viewers visiting my blog, but not leaving comments. That's a pity, as I'd love to hear from you so that I can return the favour. I have some pre-selected options, so you're welcome just to click on one of them, should you prefer.

As mentioned yesterday, I've been busy indulging in my other hobbies, viz. Planning, Memory Keeping the Project Life way by journalling the story behind the photograph. 

There are SO MANY Planners and Memory Keepers out in the big wide World Wide Web, it is unbelieveable.  I follow so many of these girls on IG and their work is so beautiful and inspirational. 

I'm still from the old school (giving my age away) that loves to write lists and keep a diary for appointments, reminders, etc. instead of diarising this on my iPhone. I like ticking things off once they are done.  I love being able to print my own photographs and create albums where I journal the story behind the photograph.  Are you the same?  If so, I'd love to hear from you and if you have a blog I'd love for you to share it too, so that I can also come and see what you're up to.

My DD and I just HAD to get ourselves a Raskog each, which is an overseas product from IKEA. Everyone has a Raskog where they store their project life cards and other craft objects. Here's mine with a few of my supplies.

 I have a Gardening Journal lying on the bottom shelf. Lots to share there, so come back will you.



Here are just a few of the items on my desk.  I love stationery, be it pens, notebooks, scissors,
etc.  I could open my own store with the amount of pens I have.
Left bottom is one of my diaries which I bring to work with me.
I created a Water Tracker with my Silhouette and every time I drink a glass of water, I tick it off.
I struggle to drink water, but this has been helping me tremendously!

Here are a few more items that I purchased the other day.  
Some new stamps, dies and distress inks (bottom left)
Stunning pens and Gorjuss Girl pen holders, a notebook and
Lovely tins to hold all my new pens.
The new purse should hold all the change I have after all my purchases, but it's empty right now, 
as there ain't no change...lol


If you have the time, please leave a comment. Thanks for popping by to see what I've been up to.



11 July 2016

What have I been up to ?

Hi Everyone

We are in the throes of Winter in South Africa but yesterday was a beautiful, warm kind of day (we call those "berg wind" days). A lot of people, especially the men, were walking around in sandals, shorts and t-shirts!  I wasn't that brave... lol!

I thought I would share what I've been up to lately.  Here are a few cards and other things that have been taking up my spare time.



Apologies if they are a bit blurry, but I've just copied them from my Instagram account. You're welcome to follow me there.

I just love the LOTV pre-coloured Artpads, which I am so sorry to hear, they do not sell anymore.

Fortunately I still have a few artpads left. 
They are so nice to have when making quick and simple cards.

Here are some I made in May for Mother's Day. 

I used double sided foam tape underneath the sentiment and the pic to make them pop.
I placed this on top of a beautifully embossed card, kindly embossed for me by my
craft friend Moz.  
I cut this out using the a beautiful stitched die which is new and purchased from a local store
The Purple Magnolia.  Marie Smith is the owner.

A few more cards that I made using the stitched die frames.


I've also been helping my DD complete her poncho which she started last year.
It's going very s-l-o-w-l-y, but I'm sure we'll complete it one day.


I've was asked to make some birthday tags for a Mom who has school-going kiddies.
There are about 10 and more birthdays that these children get invited to and
she needed some little tags to adhere to the gifts, so I made her some of these.

Just a close up. They are so easy to make. The internet is full of lovely
free images to print and if you have scalloped dies or any other shaped die, you
can churn these out in no time.  I punched a hole and used an eyelet to thread the
cord through.


These are just a few of the cards I have been making whilst taking a rest from blogging. I'll share some of my other passions with you in another post.

If you have the time to comment, please do so, as I'd love to make contact again.

Cheerio
Sharon


28 June 2016

Hello

Hi Everyone

Just popping by to inform those who still follow me that the blog is still active.  I've just been so busy with other projects that I haven't had a chance to post anything here, but hopefully that will change in the near future.

I have been making some awesome cards on order and it would be nice to share them here with you.

Take care, hope to see you back soon.

hugs
Sharon

11 April 2015

Card in a Box

Well did I have fun this afternoon.  DD asked me to make her a card for a friend who is expecting a Baby Girl.  They are having a baby shower for her at the office one of these days.

I didn't want to make a normal square card again, so I thought I would try out the "Card in a Box" which is so popular.  I haven't had the time to try it out, so thought I'd just do a little "dummy" one this afternoon.  As it turns out, the "dummy" wasn't so bad, so it'll be making it's way to the office...lol

I viewed a tutorial on the internet and started prepping...  Cut my paper to the required measurements that were given, scored and cut as instructed further. Tape on the right will stick to the other side of the cardstock when I close it, to form the box.


Then I looked around for some baby stickers and pasted them onto the black cardstock, 
as I think the black makes them "pop" !

As you can see, the box is closed and now I can start decorating the inside.

And here is the final project.  Pic taken from the front.


Here is a side view so that you can see the different layers.

Another side view.

And one from the Top.

And then finally, this is what it looks like when you lay it flat.
It fits perfectly into an envelope.

The "mother-to-be" loves Owls, hence the owl.


Thanks for popping by to see what I have created today.


As some of my regulars will know, I am a huge OUTLANDER Fan, so it was
just a matter of time before I did a project life layout of Outlander.  I still have much more to do.



I am also busy embellishing my project life cards...  So, as you can see, I am very busy.

Thanks so much for popping by. 
Happy Crafting!

Sharon